Patrolman Cornelius “Neal” E. Regan | Covington Police Department

Age: 50
Served: 19 years
1913 to November 11, 1932

 

Neal was born August 5, 1882 in Covington to Irish immigrants Cornelius F. and Mary (McNerney) Regan. Initially, he followed in his father’s footsteps becoming a machinist. He married Mary C. Bailey and she gave birth to Robert C. Regan on Christmas Day 1904.

During 1913, Neal joined the Covington Police Department. Robert caught pneumonia and died October 11, 1918. Patrolman Regan and his wife did not have another successful birth until 1926 and again in 1929.

At 8:50 a.m. on November 11, 1932, Everett Williams of 1542 May Street reported to police that his insane brother, Willie Williams (29), had locked him out of his home and was threatening children with a handgun. Though he was not due to start his tour of duty until 9:00 a.m., Patrolman Regan responded with Lieutenant Charles Tschudi and Patrolmen Fred Frohn and John Triplett.

They found Williams in the side yard with a .38 caliber revolver. When the officers ordered him to drop the firearm, he opened fire striking Patrolman Regan and Lieutenant Tschudi. He then ran to the rear of the house and the other officers gave chase. In the running gun battle, Williams was shot four times and fell to the ground.

All three wounded men were rushed to the hospital. Patrolman Regan died within seconds with a gunshot wound to the chest. Lieutenant Tschudi survived his bullet wound to the arm. Williams survived for several days in critical condition and died five days later on November 16, 1932.

Patrolman Regan left a wife, Mary C. (Bailey) Regan (44), and daughters, Patricia Regan (6) and Sylvia Regan (3). He was buried in Mary’s Cemetery in Ft. Mitchell. Mary passed away 45 years later in 1977.

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This narrative was researched and revised November 8, 2014 by Cincinnati Police Lieutenant Stephen R. Kramer (Retired), Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society President, with assistance from Cincinnati Homicide Detective Edward W. Zieverink III (Retired), Greater Cincinnati Police Museum Historian. All rights are reserved to them and the Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society.